The Diffusion of American Organizational Theory in Postwar Japan

  • Schon L. Beechler
  • Vladimir Pucik

Abstract

Since the late 1970s, the poor economic performance of Western industrialized nations, contrasted with Japan’s advances in the international arena, has led to a keen interest in Japanese management techniques by practitioners and academics alike. American authors have not failed to highlight the fact that some of the management practices attributed to the Japanese actually originated in the United States. The assumption among many Americans is that, although the quality and cost of our products may not be competitive, we are still “No. 1” in the battle of the intellects, and the Japanese merely copy and adapt our ideas. However, as a few authors have pointed out (Cole, 1985; Hall & Leidecker, 1981), the Japanese transformation of imported ideas concerning management contributes a new quality to theories of organization and cannot be dismissed as mere imitation.

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Management Information System Japanese Management Japanese Firm Diffusion Stage Japanese Scholar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Schon L. Beechler
    • 1
  • Vladimir Pucik
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business AdministrationThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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